Our picks for Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner but there’s still time to pick up the perfect gift! While choosing yarn for a knitter can sometimes be a tricky prospect, there are loads of other useful tools and accessories that are sure to be appreciated.

Here are just a few ideas:


SOAK

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Gentle and lightly scented, Soak is an ideal wash for cashmere, wool, cotton and other delicate fabrics.  Available in large (425 ml) and small bottles (90 ml) in the following scents: Aquae, Yuzu, Celebration, Lacey, and Scentless.

Purchase in store or online here.


ZigZag Stitches Boxy Bag

boxy_bags_2015Boxy Bags are handmade using designer Japanese fabrics. Each one is fully lined and beautifully crafted with reinforced seams. Great for storing and transporting knitting or craft projects, the bigger boxy bag will easily accommodate a shawl or small sweater. An interior pocket can hold notions and the bag itself will fit knitting needles or crochet hooks up to 10 inches long.
Approximately 10.5 inches x 5 inches x 5 inches (26cm x 13 cm x 13 cm)

Available in store and online.


DIGITAL ROW COUNTERS

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A digital row counter is the perfect accessory for hands free counting while you knit or crochet. No more stopping to make a mark on a piece of paper or cranking a manual row counter. The electronic counter has a 5 digit LCD screen display that can count from 0 up to 99999 rows with 2 soft touch rubberized silver buttons to control it. Made from ABS plastic, the same material used for Lego. The row counter uses a standard AG10 1.5v button cell battery, so when it wears out, simply unscrew the back of the counter to replace it.

Purchase in store or online here.


Bookhou “Knit Stitch” Tall Tote or Bucket Tote

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Bookhou’s hand-drawn, hand-screened prints on beautiful multi-purpose tote bags!
Purchase in store or online here and here.

 HiyaHiya Swarovski Crystal Stitch Markers

Put a little sparkle in your knitting with these handcrafted Swarovski Crystal Stitch Markers! Each set of 12 contains 11 stitch markers with a clear Swarovski Crystal bead, and 1 specialty stitch marker with a colored or shaped Swarovski Crystal Bead. Stitch markers come inside a useful accessory tin.
Purchase in store or online here.

SNAP ‘N GO NOTIONS CASES – JUMBO

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Jumbo-sized Snap ‘n Go Notions Cases™ have eight little compartments to keep all your knitting and crocheting notions neatly separated. Organize your life in a snap and go! The first side features four small rectangular compartments that are perfect for storing stitch markers, buttons, and other tiny knitting notions. Flip apart the second half to reveal three long compartments that are great for holding things like stitch holders, darning needles, and point protectors. Finally, the big single compartment sandwiched in the center is perfect for larger items like mini crochet hooks, cable needles, T-pins, and tape measures. This compact little beauty has a hard, sturdy outer shell made of heavy-duty plastic. A hole for a lanyard or key chain is located near the hinge. Notions not included.

Purchase in store or online here.


NEEDLE KITS

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Available in-store only.


THE GLEENER

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We couldn’t live without this wonder tool. Fuzzing and pilling are a fact of life with knitted garments and some fibers and blends are worse than others. Regular use of the Gleener will keep your pieces looking new and will even resuscitate some you thought were beyond repair. Not convinced? See before and after photos and product videos on the Gleener website.

Purchase in store or online here.


 “Keep Calm and Carry Yarn” Project Bags

Keep calm and carry yarn in these great project bags. Each cotton muslin bag is hand-dyed and screen printed by hand. Perfect for keeping your project organized and easy to grab when you’re on your way out. Image is printed on both sides of bag. Small version measures approximately 11″ x 10.5” / Large version 16″ x 16″.  Available in 11 colours.
Purchase in store or online here (Small) and here (Large).

Loqi Bags & Zip Pockets

 

loqi_bagsStrong , eco-friendly, reusable, chemical-free, long-lasting, water-resistant, washable. And extremely good looking.  A great on-the-go bag for all your shopping (and knitting / crafting) needs! Weighs just 1.9 oz but can carry up to 44 lbs.

Loqi ZIP Pockets

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Cellphone, wallet, and keys.  Stitch markers, cable needle, extra yarn. Each new adventure calls for its own set of tools. Loqi Zip Pockets come in families of 3.

Available in store or online here.


 Gingher Stork Scissors

Beautiful design and precise function are combined in these 3½ inch Stork Embroidery Scissors from Gingher. Each pair of scissors comes with a fitted leather sheath for storage.
Available in store or online here.

HIGHLIGHTER TAPEstocking_highlighter

A removable alternative to highlighter pens, LEE Highlighter Tape is great for use with knitting charts and patterns.

Purchase in store or online here.


 Espace Tricot Tote

Show your love for Espace Tricot. Our roomy eco-tote is made from 100% recycled cotton and is printed in the US. All seams and stress points are double stitched for durability.
16″W x 15.5″H; 5″ bottom gusset
Purchase in store or online here.

ESPACE TRICOT GIFT CARD

stocking_giftcardAvailable in any denomination! Can’t make it into the store to pick one up? Can also be purchased over the telephone and delivered by regular post or e-mail. Just give us a ring at 514 486-5648.


 

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Espace Tricot!

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Sweet Mama

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Note: This pattern is only free through end of day Mother’s Day 2015 (May 10) with coupon code MD2015.

J. L. Finkelstein’s Sweet Mama scarflette is a very easy and fun little confection that requires only a little bit of lace weight yarn to work up. If you have about 20g left in your stash from any of your previous projects, then you have enough! If you prefer something a little more substantial, simply adjust your needle-size and use a heavier weight yarn.

The pattern is easily adjusted in terms of size just by continuing the pattern past the specified dimensions – the result will be a lovely triangular shawl.  The scarflette is worked on a diagonal and can be easily ended at any size.

While the scarflette itself would make a great Mother’s Day gift, whipping this up in time for Sunday is probably not feasible for most of us.  That said, If the woman you plan to honour this weekend is a knitter, why not gift the pattern along with a beautifully indulgent skein of yarn?

Remember, Sweet Mama is only free through Sunday so be sure to download it in the next day or two even if you don’t plan to knit it right away.

Wishing everyone a lovely weekend!!

– Melissa

New Kestrel colours from Quince & Co.

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We blogged the arrival of Quince & Co’s original nine Kestrel colourways back in March but five more colours have been added this season and we now have them available both in-store and online.

Kestrel is a new take on Quince’s simple Sparrow yarn – the same Belgium-grown organic linen but spun this time in a ribbon structure.  The yarn’s flat surface adds a slight texture to knit and purl stitches and the finished fabric has incredible drape.  And at at 3½ to 4 stitches to the inch, Kestrel knits up quickly for satisfying projects that will surely be finished before summer is.

Have a look at our previous post for project ideas or browse Kestrel patterns on Ravelry for inspiration.

Lisa just finished Davis by Pam Allen with this yarn and it’s great – photos coming soon!

– Melissa

WWMD*

Today another edition of *What Would Mona Do.

As  you might have heard me say, I do love knitting with linen. I do like the crisp fabric – often called ‘scratchy’, however, I don’t think it is – of 100% linen. Everything that follows is valid for 100% linen, not mixes, not cotton, I am talking about LINEN. We have a variety of 100% linen at the store:

Euroflax Sport from Louet – it is wet spun and very crisp

Sparrow from Quince – spun from organic flax in Belgium

Kestrel from Quince – a ribbon yarn, also from organic flax

Linen from Shibui – a chainette, which makes it extra crisp

Don’t get me wrong, linen is not soft as cashmere or silk, but, and this is a big BUT, it gets softer and softer with wear. Every time you wash your linen it softens up more – up to a point when you cannot imagine it was ever really ‘crisp’ because all that is left is softness.

One way to get your linen softer sooner – and yes, that is the WWMD part of the post – is to wash it in the washing machine. On cold, if that makes you feel better, however, I am of the opinion linen is linen and can take warm water.

If you want to be sure that nothing untoward happens to your sweater (or whatever it is you want to soften) take your swatch and throw it into the next color wash you have to do.

This way you will figure out if the mechanical wash does impact your knitting – makes it grow or shrink lengthwise. It happens more to knits that are worked in a looser gauge, because there is just more leeway to do one or the other. When your item comes out of the washer, just pull it into form and lay flat to dry as ever.

Disclaimer: What follows is not for the faint of heart and I am not saying you should do it, all I am saying is: I did it.

I dried my Quince Sparrow sweater in the dryer on low. When I got it out it felt like it compacted a bit, but with wear it expanded again. If you do that,  you do not have any control about pulling it into the shape you want it, because when it is dry it is dry and the shape cannot be changed – until the next wash, when you get another chance to pull it into form when wet.

Happy knitting, as ever!

– Mona

New in store: Sail Shawl Kits from SweetGeorgia

Sail Shawl Kit

Sail Shawl Kit

With a simple, modern construction, SweetGeorgia’s gently asymmetrical Sail Shawl evokes a nautical, summertime feel. The entire shawl is worked with knit stitches only, making for an easy, relaxing project. Pick your favorite colours and watch the colourblocks come to life!

Sail Shawl Kit

Kit includes the Sail Shawl pattern as well as three skeins of yarn (Tough Love Sock + Glitterati Sock). Choose from the following colourways:

  • Shoots & Leaves (Basil, Melon, Laurel)
  • Caramel Pecan (Auburn, Ginger, Tumbled Stone)
  • Citrus Sparkler (Coral Rose, Grapefruit, Birch)
  • Evening Song (Ultraviolet, Mulberry, Wisteria)
  • Dark & Stormy (Nightshade, Sapphire, Dreamboat)

Shoots & Leaves

Caramel Pecan

Citrus Sparkler

Evening Song

Dark & Stormy

Finished measurements

  • Width: 63” / 160 cm at top edge
  • Height: 19.75” / 50 cm at center spine

Kits can be purchased in-store or online here.

– Melissa

Now online: Keep Calm and Carry Yarn Project Bags

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Keep calm and carry yarn in these great project bags from JennieGee. Each cotton muslin bag is hand-dyed and screen printed by hand. Perfect for keeping your project organized and easy to grab when you’re on your way out. Image is printed on both sides. Large version measures approximately 16″ x 16” / Small version 10.5″ x 11″.

Now available in our online store here and here!

– Melissa

Now online: Handmaiden Maiden Hair

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Maiden Hair is finally available in our online store along with Handmaiden Lino, Mini Maiden, Swiss Mountain Cashmere and Silk, and Sea Silk.

Maiden Hair is a luscious blend of pure mulberry silk wrapped in a soft hazy strand of kid mohair. This single ply yarn is soft and fuzzy with a stunningly beautiful inner “glow” that will light up your projects.  A lovely choice for cowls, shawls, wraps, and sweaters.

See what we mean below…

Ocean Breeze by Boo Knits

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(Project photo: tramonto)

Here, Maiden Hair is beautifully combined with Sea Silk in the same colourway.

Capture by Lisa Mutch

(Project photo: Espace Tricot)

This version of Capture is one of our most popular store samples!

The Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief by Orange Flower Yarn

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This kerchief-size version of the Age of Brass and Steam is made with just half a skein of Maiden Hair.  You can make two and gift one or add repeats to create a larger shawl.

Sabine by Julie Weisenberger

(Project photo: Espace Tricot)

Sabine is another very popular store sample – luxurious, sophisticated, and flattering on nearly every body type.

Circumnavigate by Heidi Kirrmaier

(Project photo: UandIKnit)

This has just been added to my queue and a skein in the Torngat colourway has been stashed!

– Melissa

Now online: Handmaiden Lino

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The exquisite Lino from Handmaiden has just been re-stocked (25 colours) and is now available in our online store!  Lino is a 2-ply laceweight yarn that combines shiny silk and crisp linen for a fresh and light summer yarn. The generous yardage (800 m / 875 y) makes Lino ideal for larger lace projects as well as for beautiful tops and elegant wraps. It can also be knit double for a thicker fabric.

Click here to purchase Lino in our online store.

A few projects to inspire:

Holey Square Shawl by Marianne Sigg

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(Project photo: lismete)

I have the Holey Square Shawl on my needles right now and am loving the texture and airy feel of this piece!

Swiss Cheese Scarf by Winnie Shih

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(Project photo: lismete)

This looks fun!

Muji Painting by Lies Vandesande

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(Project photo: lismete)

A great pattern for easy, mindless knitting. Perfect for showing off the beautiful hand-dyed variations.

Groovy by JumperCablesKnitting

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(Project photo: lismete)

We’ve knit several Groovy shawls already but this one in Lino is making us feel like there may be another one in our future :-)

– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Spring Fever

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Spring Fever by Amy Miller is a fresh take on the traditional rugby scarf. With endless striping possibilities this gorgeous accessory is the perfect canvas to reflect your colour personality. Work it as a gradient or opt for 8 completely different shades. The beauty of a simple concept like this one is its versatility – it can be as wild or as sophisticated as you like depending on your colour choices and the size makes it wearable as both a scarf or a wrap.  A great way to use up any fingering weight bases in your stash – especially leftovers from previous projects.

Uses 1 skein each of 8 different colours – approximately 220 yds / 201 m each

Yarn options we’re considering (because you know we can’t resist this kind of project) are Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, Julie Asselin Fino, Shibui Staccato, SweetGeorgia Yarns CashLuxe Fine,  or even Sandnesgarn Mandarin Petit.  Or what about Shibui Linen for a true summer version. Stay tuned… :-)

Let us know if you cast on for Spring Fever and what yarns and colours you choose. We can’t wait to see finished versions of these as they are added to Ravelry!

– Melissa

Mesh It Up

If you have paid attention to the knitting scene for a while, you might have realized that knitted mesh or net turns up every once in a while in a design. That could be interpreted as knitters being fashion forward – it is apparently a trend right now (see pic) or one could think that knitters really do not care and do/knit whatever they feel like. What it definitely shows is that you cannot go wrong with knitting some mesh, especially this Spring/Summer season.

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From Lucky magazine, May 2015

To help you out I have been searching ravelry.com for suitable projects and have found quite a few that I think would carry you over the warm season nicely.

Angelina Cardigan – picture from here.

This cardi is a one size fits all – it is oversized and makes for a great ‘throw-on-and-go’ piece in warmer temperatures. There is a wide variety of yarns you could use, Cascade Ultra Pima and Butterfly Cotton for the utilitarian look, if you are going for something special why not use Habu Tsumugi Silk double stranded, or Habu Wrapped Silk?

For the kniters who want mesh but a bit more structure, here is a more traditional short sleeved cardi.

Picture from here.

The original pattern uses a worsted weight yarn, however a slightly lighter yarn works well also. Rowan Creative Linen is definitely an option, as well as Rowan Pure Linen,  there is also Drops Bomull-Lin.

The Siesta Tee is just that – a t-shirt you can wear on many occasions. Personally, I would like it oversized, thinking that I definitely would have to wear a cami underneath. (D’uh. Mesh!!)

Picture from here.

I would go all out with the yarn on this one. It is originally knit in a DK weight yarn, but I am seeing Shibui Twig, Quince Sparriow, Habu Wrapped Merino, and Habu Tsumugi Silk with an added strand of Silk Stainless to give it body. Again, this makes for a versatile piece of clothing for summer, dress it up or down.

We have added Berroco Captiva to our range of summer yarns this year and I have found a design for you that fits into the trend of mesh.

Void by Norah Gaughan. Picture from here.

I have concentrated my search on garments, however if you feel rather like knitting an accessory, there are plenty to be found on ravelry also. Just enter ‘mesh’ or ‘net’ as keyword into your pattern search and you’ll find a large variety of designs.

Happy Knitting, as ever!

– Mona

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Re-stocked: Handmaiden Sea Silk

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Just because warmer weather is around the corner doesn’t mean yarn deliveries slow down around here.  In the last couple of weeks we’ve received large orders from Handmaiden, Habu Textiles, Quince & Co., Rowan, Shibui, and Julie Asselin (more on that last one soon!).

Our latest Handmaiden delivery included Sea Silk, Maiden Hair, and Lino. Only Sea Silk is currently available in our online store but Maiden Hair and Lino should be added by the end of the week. Until then, a focus on Sea Silk… :-)

Sea Silk is one of our favourite fingering-weight yarns for shawls and smaller accessories. A lustrous blend of silk and Seacell® – a cellulose based fiber derived from seaweed – Sea Silk has beautiful stitch definition and incredible drape making it a perfect choice for luxurious lace projects. This yarn is especially nice for use in spring and summer.

A few knit and crochet projects ideas to inspire you below.

Elowen Shawl by Judy Marples

(Project Photo: knittimo)

Chickadee Cowl by Kirsten Kapur

(Project Photo: jillianmac)

Holden Shawlette by Mindy Wilkes

(Project photo: knittimo)

Botanical Cowl by Megan Goodacre

(Project photo: Megan Goodacre)

Curry Cuff by Karen Borrel

(Project photo: tjasad)

Sweet November by Guylaine Godin

(Project photo: 783Nora)

– Melissa

 

 

 

New store sample: Pebble Beach

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The Pebble Beach Shawlette by Helen Stewart is a lovely crescent-shaped summer accessory which we’ve knit here with Handmaiden’s exquisite Sea Silk. This luxurious shawl has extraordinary drape and sheen and the picot edge finishes off the simple lace pattern beautifully! The pattern is clearly written and makes for a great travel and holiday knitting project.

Visit our Ravelry page for additional photos and project details!

Handmaiden Sea Silk has just been re-stocked and is now available in our online store.

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– Melissa

Dropping The Ball Stitch

Dropping stitches is usually a stressful event since under normal circumstances we do not want stitches to drop. However, there are stitch patterns out there that make you drop stitches on purpose. Yes, you read right. On these occasions you really want to drop the stitches (or, as you will see, yarn overs) to achieve an airy, loose pattern that you can use to create different effects.

One pattern that makes use of this technique is the ever so popular “Clapotis” by Kate Gilbert which celebrates its 10th birthday this year.

Picture from here. Close up of dropped stitches.

Another example for achieving an interesting fabric using dropped stitches is the “Harpswell Apron” by Pam Allen. Stitches get dropped after a certain number of rows alternately.

Picture from here.

Both of these designs are in spite of the dropped stitches structured knits, yet they have an airy feel due to the gaps that are created.

Another way to use dropped stitches is to achieve a deconstructed look, meaning yes, it is a garment but looks quite different from what we usually expect.

Picture from here.

“Les Miserables” by Cynthia Parker uses exactly the same technique, yet the deconstruction is enhanced by slightly felting the knitted fabric.

Picture from here.

The “Dropped Stitch Cardigan” by Erica Patberg makes excessive use of dropped stitches with a quite dramatic effect. Another example for a deconstructed look.

The other way of ‘dropping stitches’ is to work elongated stitches by dropping yarn overs from the row before. One can achieve an even row of long stitches or a wavy pattern depending on the number of yarn overs worked.

Picture from here.

#13 Drop Stitch Scarf by Laura Bryant (published in Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2009) makes use of both techniques – you drop stitches and have dropped yarn overs forming elongated rows which results in a light, airy fabric that makes for a lovely summer scarf when knit in a light summery yarn.

As you might have seen, Melissa just finished a design making use of the dropped stitches also. Shibui Twig gives it a textural quality, yet it is also light an airy.

1SS15 | Tier by Shellie Anderson. Sample is now in store!

I am currently knitting the “Spring Lace Infinity Scarf” by Purl Avenue – knit in Shibui Linen the lace pattern combined with dropped stitches makes a for a delicate fabric.

A class for this particular pattern starts on Monday and there are a few spaces left, if you feel so inclined!

Picture from here.

I have chosen only a few from a wide selection –  check out ravelry.com for any number of possible designs and make your pick as you please!

Happy Knitting, as ever!

– Mona

Free pattern Friday (+ new store sample): Boneyard

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The Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West is the simplest of triangle shawls featuring repeated sections of garter and stockinette stitch. A great project for beautiful hand-dyed yarns with subtle shading.  We knit our version with Manos del Ururguay’s Fino – a luscious blend of extra fine merino and silk in a lightweight yarn that’s ideal for accessories or luxurious garments. The combination of colour depth variations and stitch textures produces a minimalist shawl with a modern feel.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page!

Manos Fino can be purchased in our online store here.

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– Melissa

New store sample: Tier

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Tier is a gorgeous summer scarf from Shellie Anderson knit with one of Shibui’s newest yarns – Twig (46% linen, 42% recycled silk, 12% wool). The sections of elongated rows of dropped stitches on either end create interest in this simple, light accessory. Elegant and versatile, Tier can be worn many ways and will play well with almost any outfit. A very basic pattern that knits up quickly for seriously high-impact results!

Twig can be purchased in our online store here!

Pattern available for free with yarn purchase (in-store or online).

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

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– Melissa

New store sample: Summer Tunic (Drops 87-2)

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This loose and comfortable summer tunic from Drops is a wonderfully quick and easy project. Wear it over a tank or t-shirt or take it along to the beach or pool as a breezy cover-up. The blend of cotton and linen make for a cool, dry fabric with great drape – ideal for hot summer days. Both rustic and elegant, this tunic will fit right in to your wardrobe!

(Mod: Omitted mohair cuffs – knit entire sleeve with Bomull-lin)

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

Bomull-Lin can be purchased in our online store here!

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– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Espace Tricot Summer Patterns

Many of you already know that we periodically design and offer our own patterns for free but, for those who may be new to our blog, I thought I would take today’s post to highlight several that make for great spring and summer knitting projects.

Enjoy!


 Villeneuve

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A racerback tee knit with Wrapped Silk (N-84) from Habu Textiles! Designed to layer over a tank top or t-shirt, Villeneuve is a chic addition to any summer wardrobe. This garment is meant to fit loosely at chest with minimum ease. Please select size accordingly. Body of garment is worked in the round from the bottom up then back and front are worked flat in Stockinette Stitch from the armhole bind-off.

Download PDF – [English] [French]
Click here to purchase yarn.


 Summer Fling

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Summer Fling is the perfect little summer bag for strolling around town, light shopping, or meeting friends for a cocktail on a terrace! The bottom is knit flat and then stitches are picked up for knitting the main body in the round. Handles are then knit flat one at a time and are joined using Kitchener stitch. Knit with Sparrow yarn from Quince & Co. this bag is both pretty and casual and the 100% linen content makes it strong and durable. Form and function!

Download PDF – [English] [Français]
Click here to purchase yarn.


 Aisé

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Both elegant and minimalist, our Aisé wrap is a lovely warm weather accessory.  It can be worn formally or casually depending on the occasion (think little black dress or jeans) and the laceweight blend of linen (42%) and cashmere (58%) make it ideal for use in air conditioned offices and on spring days and cool summer evenings. Knit with Sylph yarn from Jade Sapphire the fabric of this piece is soft and airy with a slight texture.

Download PDF – [English] [Français]
Click here to purchase yarn.


Firefly Tunic 

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Knit with Classic Elite Yarns Firefly (25% Linen / 75% Viscose), our Firefly Tunic combines a softly draping neckline, drop shoulders, and a longer a-line body in a relaxed summer pullover. The blend of linen and viscose produces a crisp fabric with beautiful drape and a slight sheen. A separate cowl adds flare and versatility! Like Léger (see below), this pattern includes directions for 11 sizes and can be easily adjusted in terms of body and sleeve length. Knit in the round from the bottom-up. Sleeves are knit flat and seamed.

Click here to download PDF
Click here to purchase yarn.


Léger

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Knit with Rowan Creative Linen (50% cotton / 50% linen), Léger combines a boat neck, drop shoulders, and nautical stripes in an easy-to-wear casual summer pullover. The pattern includes directions for 11 sizes and can be easily adjusted in terms of body and sleeve length. Knit in the round from the bottom-up.

Click here to download PDF
Click here to purchase yarn.


Double-Take Tee

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We love how this simple tee turned out with two colours of Habu Wrapped Merino. The back and front of the Double-Take Tee are identical so you can decide which colour to wear facing forward based on your mood or outfit! Simple, lightweight, and chic – perfect for spring and summer.

Click here to download PDF
Click here to purchase yarn


Simple Hemp Tote

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A great summer tote knit with Hemp for Knitting’s allHemp6LUX (100% Hemp) and finished with a pair of rolled leather handles from Greyson E. As the name implies, the Simple Hemp Tote is a super easy project that knits up in no time. It’s worked as a long rectangle with angled corners, folded in half and seamed to finish. Classic in style, the combination of brown, natural, and black makes this a great casual bag that will work with most outfits (and shoes!). Still, we can see this knit in a variety of colour combinations making the most of the beautiful shades available in allHemp6LUX and the various colours of Grayson E. handles (e.g. Brown, Amber, Buckskin, Olive, Red, Black).

Click here to download PDF
Click here to purchase yarn.


Ombre Tank

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Knit with Habu Textiles Tsumugi Silk (100% silk) our Ombre Tank is ideal for hot summer days. If you can’t wait, layer it with a tee and you’re set for spring. We used the same technique as the Ombre cowl to achieve the gradation of colours. The fabric is crisp yet soft and supple at the same time and the A-line shaping is very flattering on most body types. Lower body is knit in the round and front and back neckline are kept the same – an easy knit with minimal finishing work.

Click here to download PDF
Click here to purchase yarn


Chevron Baby Blanket

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We modified our popular Chevron Colour-Block Blanket to create this cheerful and modern baby blanket using Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton. One skein each of 5 colours. Easy-peasy and fun to knit!

Click here to download PDF
Click here to purchase yarn


Shadow & Light

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This lengthwise scarf/wrap which is knit in-the-round and then “steeked”, uses two luxury yarns we couldn’t resist pairing. One skein each of Tanis Fiber Arts Red Label Cash Silk Single and Handmaiden Fine Yarn Maiden Hair along with this simple pattern are all you need to create this soft and luminescent wrap.

Click here to download PDF
Click here to purchase TFA Red Label (Maiden Hair will be added to our web store shortly!)

Happy downloading!

– Melissa

New store sample: Summer Silk ‘n Scribbles

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Our third Silk ‘n Scribbles store sample just came off the needles – this time worked up in two beautiful summer yarns from Berroco. Espresso is a super bulky cotton blend with a vibrant hand-dyed look and Captiva is a lighter weight, smooth cotton blend with a satiny feel and subtle shine.  They work beautifully together in this easy shawl / wrap  from Stevenbe that lends itself well to yarn experimentation.  A quick and very satisfying knit that yields a beautiful summer accessory!

Click here for more photos and project details on our Ravelry page.

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– Melissa

Do You Give A Damn?

About the “Color of the Year”?

Well, this is it.

Just in case you feel like whipping up a summery design in that particular colorway, I checked on our inventory to see if we could oblige.

Shibui Linen, Bordeaux

Classic Elite Yarns - Firefly, 7727 Sangria

Classic Elite Firefly, Sangria

Quince Sparrow, Port

Rowan Creative Linen, Raspberry

As with every color, there are different interpretations. But these come as close as possible. Four out of, well, I don’t really know, but a lot of colors and summer yarns we have in stock.

It seems yarn companies do not bow to fashion trends much, I rather think they develop colors true to the owners/creative designers taste.

I, for one, wish the yarn industry cared a bit more for what is in fashion to be able to cater to our customers, however, having worked in the business, I do also know that the cycle of yarn is much different from the short lived trends in the fashion world. Then again, do we knitters really care that much? Knitting a sweater is like cooking ‘slow food’ – instead of going out buying whatever is available (i.e. ‘fast food’) we choose a design and put time and love into creating it. Meanwhile the fashion devotee is on to the third trend of the season and has to hurry to keep up. Which is really not what I personally am about.

So I have to ask myself: Do I give a damn, really?

Happy Knitting, as ever!

– Mona

Baby & Child Sophisticate class – starting tonight!

Do something spontaneous and join us for this brilliant baby garment class beginning at 6 pm today. The Baby & Child Sophisticate is a favourite pattern among our customers – for little girls and boys alike. Here’s your chance to learn the basics of sweater knitting with a small satisfying project and instructor support every step of the way.!

Call us at 514 486-5648 to reserve your spot!


BABY & CHILD SOPHISTICATE (Bilingual Class)
Samantha Perrault
$90 for three 2-hour sessions / 90 $ pour trois séances de 2 heures
6 pm – 8 pm, April 7, 14, 21 / 18h à 20h, les 7, 14, 21 avril

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In this class you will learn the basics of top-down sweater construction and traditional raglan shaping to knit the adorable Baby & Child Sophisticate by Linden Down. You will also learn how to pick up stitches for the collar and button band after the body is knitted and how to shape the collar using short rows. Required materials: Enough worsted weight yarn of your choice to knit desired size. Set of 24″, 5 mm circular needles and set of 5 mm double-pointed needles (or size required to obtain gauge). Level: Advanced beginner or experienced knitter.

Lors de ce cours, vous allez apprendre les caractéristiques d’un pull tricoté en « top down », sa construction, son façonnage traditionnel en raglan, ce qui vous permettra de tricoter l’adorable Baby & Child Sophisticate  de Linden Down. Vous apprendrez également à relever des mailles pour le col et la bordure après avoir tricoté le corps et comment utiliser les rangs raccourcis pour façonner le col. Matériel requis : Assez de fil moye (worsted weight) de votre choix pour tricoter la grandeur désirée. Aiguilles circulaires 5mm de 24” et aiguilles double pointes de 5mm (ou grandeur vous permettant d’obtenir l’échantillon). Niveau : Débutant avancé ou tricoteur expérimenté.

– Melissa